The council discussed the River Valley Coop proposed expansion with a 72,000 square foot hoop building for the storage of grain on Lot 6 of the Lake Street Development subdivision. The location is east of the new Eastern Iowa Electric Coop facility on South Fifth Street, and Lot 6 is adjacent to the South Fifth Street right-of-way. Approval of the preliminary subdivision plat required extension of South Fifth Street and installation of public utilities.
Thomas Leiting, CEO of River Valley, is requesting waiving the extension at this time saying that the street is not needed for development and the cost would make the building expansion impractical. Leiting indicated some infrastructure could be installed, particularly the water main could be extended. He added the street should not be extended because of trucks pulling in and out, which makes a safety issue.
The city’s public works department indicated the street is not essential but the water main should be installed along South Fifth Street to East Third Avenue for fire protection.
The council had no objections to waiving the street extension but considered gravel on the ROW. Given a general direction, Lindner said a more precise proposal would be brought back to the council.
Also the Lincoln Park bandshell proposal was reviewed. Promoter Jerry Jackson acknowledged the weather has not permitted evaluating the site and noted that under consideration was glass from Guardian Industries for the sides.
The council disallowed a reimbursement to Ron and Renee Wilson at 1016 12th Ave. for damages resulting from a sanitary sewer back-up. Council members said no payments for damages rejected by the city’s insurance company had ever been paid and it would set a precedent. The Wilsons paid $5,096 to repair the damage and install an overflow valve.